3rd Sunday of Easter | April 14, 2021
Just these lines, my friends …
… to say that “Oh my! What a second Sunday of Easter.” It was the first time in 56 weeks to have people in our Sanctuary on a Sunday morning. Craig Estep, our Director of Music and Arts said, “It is like a beehive around here this morning. I haven’t felt this kind of energy in a really long time.” We are so excited about returning to in-person worship. Tregg Lindberg, one of our ushers, had a big tear rolling down his cheeks telling me about how moved he was to be in our sacred space again. Richard Hayslett wrote me to say, “Looking around the sanctuary last Sunday I envisioned the past Christmas services when we were shoulder to shoulder in the pews and had folding chairs set up in the aisles with lighted candles in hand—great memories and I am sure we will get there again!” Yes! Yes! Yes!
We’ve invited different groups to be with us for four Sundays to help with our processes and protocols. Then on Mother’s Day, May 9, we will return to in-person worship. If you missed our time together from this past Sunday you can watch here.
In addition, be sure to read Pastor Paul’s latest update about our return to in-person worship. This is his second of three updates. You can read it here.
I hope you will join us for our All-Church Gathering to be held virtually on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 pm (Click here at that time to join.) This gathering is held twice each year (April & October) and includes worship, fellowship, and sharing information about what’s going on in and through the ministries of MUMC. Be sure to tune in to hear what to expect as we soon return to in-person worship. In addition, you will learn of some changes happening here at MUMC (playground renovation, Telra Charter School, etc) as well as learn more about one of our newest MUMC ministries.
I hope you will take the time to watch my devotional for today titled, “Accompany Them with Singing.” It will take only a few minutes of your time.
This Sunday in Worship
This week in our CCH community, Pastor Roldan continues the worship series, And Now, What’s Next? He will be preaching from John 6:3-9 with his message titled, The Million Dollar Question.
At 9:15 am and 11:00 am we will be in week three of our worship series titled Easter Earthquake! How the Resurrection Rocks the World. We are wrestling with the following question: What difference does the resurrection make in the way we face the crucial issues/crisis/concerns of our time? This week Pastor Paul will be helping us with The Crisis of Violence from Matthew 5:9, 38-42, Romans 12:14-21, James 3:16-18. Pastor Paul says, “For many years, conversations focused on violence have asked: ‘Why are we so violent? Is it part of our human nature, a remnant of evolution, or can it be traced to home and family?’ Join me on Sunday, April 18 as we dig into the spiritual and theological roots of human violence.”
And now, as always, during these strange, uncertain, tumultuous, perilous and hopeful days of pandemic remember … God does God’s best work in moments like this.
We are in this … together,
Dr. Charles (Chuck) W. Wilson II